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Nov. 22, 2011
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Diane Coffee — A dental assistant you should know!
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Diane Coffee recalls the time when she was a senior at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She was asked to fill in at a dental office, while a friend was on maternity leave. "There, I fell in love with the field — like it was fate, Coffee said. "I knew that my future held something worth taking this chance. I felt I needed to learn everything I could about dental assisting, and one day teach it." Since then, Coffee worked about four years before a part-time teaching position opened at a local career center's dental assisting program. "I jumped at the opportunity," she said. More

New mouthwash targeting harmful bacteria may render tooth decay a thing of the past
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A new mouthwash developed by a microbiologist at the UCLA School of Dentistry is highly successful in targeting the harmful Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is the principal cause tooth decay and cavities. In a recent clinical study, 12 subjects who rinsed just one time with the experimental mouthwash experienced a nearly complete elimination of the S. mutans bacteria over the entire four-day testing period. More

A personal look back and an optimistic look ahead at dental assistant's wages and the profession
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Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, an American Dental Assistants Association member and founder of the Dental Assistants Study Club of St. Louis, discusses the transformation of the dental assisting profession, educational opportunities and wage benefits. More

Latte decay: Slow sipping may boost cavities in adults
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If your last trip to the dentist revealed a crop of new cavities, look no farther than your coffee cup. The culprit may be lurking in your latte, according to Seattle dentist Heidi Hackett, who says her conversations with patients have led her to believe that the popular coffee drinks are causing an uptick in adult tooth decay. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Study finds significant reduction in bacteria when using
antibacterial soap

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Hand-washing with antibacterial soap produces statistically greater reductions in bacteria on the skin when compared to using non-antibacterial soap. Those are the findings of a review of two dozen relevant published studies analyzing the effectiveness of antibacterial soaps featured in the latest edition of the Journal of Food Protection. More

First large-scale study of pain reveals risk factors
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Millions of Americans are affected by painful jaw problems known as TMD, temporomandibular disorders, but predicting who is at risk has been extremely difficult. Now, for the first time, researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine are publishing a comprehensive set of clinical characteristics that they say will lead to the ability to identify individuals at risk for developing the painful conditions. More

A new cancer causing virus confirmed
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U.S. researchers confirmed cytomegalovirus as a cause of the most common salivary gland cancers and it may be involved with more cancers. Lead author Michael Melnick of the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California and colleagues said designating cytomegalovirus as an oncovirus — cancer-causing virus — came after rigorous study of both human salivary gland tumors and salivary glands of postnatal mice. More

Some unexpected foods may harm teeth
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There may be more food and drinks to add to the list of things that could damage your teeth. Researchers discovered that herbal teas may stain teeth and they can erode the enamel as well, according to information from the University Dental Hospital in England. There are some fruits, particularly ones high in citrus, that will harm your teeth as well. The acidity levels from the citrus are what cause the problems for the enamel. More

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